Vegetables, Herbs & Fruit: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

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Firefly Books, 2006 - Gardening - 640 pages
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The demand for locally sourced organic foods continues to rise. This resource is a prime reference for the many who are growing or wanting to grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruits.

The book features superb full-color photographs and illustrations and an easy-to-use A-Z directory. Comprehensive growing, harvesting and preserving tips and a wealth of recipes are a boon to gardeners and cooks alike.

Practical aspects of gardening are explained in detail, with in-depth sections on creating a garden, pollination, soil fertility and greenhouse growing. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Nutritional values
  • The most useful and most recommended varieties
  • Plant hardiness, propagation and growing guidelines
  • Cropping, harvesting and storing
  • Weed, pest and disease control
  • Ornamental and wildlife value
  • Pruning and training
  • Companion planting
  • Container growing.
  • A yearly maintenance calendar, glossary, further reading section, seed sources list and detailed index round out this outstanding book.

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    User Review  - jbsmg -

    Very good book with tons of info on just about every vegetable herb fruit and nut in the world. Probably not good for those just starting a garden for the first time but if you know what you are doing and want to expand your garden this book is perfect for you. Read full review


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    About the author (2006)

    Matthew Biggs lectures at the Royal Horticultural Society. His other books include Matthew Biggs' Complete Book of Vegetables.

    Jekka McVicar has won several top awards from the Royal Horticultural Society. Her other books include The Complete Book of Herbs.

    Bob Flowerdew is an author and a lecturer for the Royal Horticultural Society.

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